Sunday, April 4, 2021
EASTER PLANTS celebrate life and renewal. We give thanks for those who donated to help us decorate our sanctuary this morning with easter lilies and colorful spring plants.
Audrey Conant In Honor of Families
Kathleen Hones In Memory of Bonnie Brooks
In Honor of Front Line Covid-19 Healthcare Workers
The Retzlaff Family In Honor of Grandparents
Jeanne Williams & Bob Amsden In Honor of Donald Amsden
The Dodson Family In Memory of David Dodson
Scott Henke In Memory of his Mom, Cordelia Davis
The Lyke Family In Memory of Murray McNair
In Memory of Doug and Audrey Lyke
The Wittler Family In Memory of George & Margaret Wittler
In Memory of Robert Wittler
In Memory of Nellie Baran
In Memory of Walter Baran
Jane Cotter In Memory of Howard & Esther Huibregtse
The Del Ponte Family
FELLOWSHIP HOSTS | Ter Beest Family
USHER | Jane Cotter
PRELUDE | That Easter Day With Joy Was Bright arr. Dale Wood
THE RESURRECTION |
* EASTER HYMN | “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” #233
Brass Ensemble: Kurt Dietrich, Paul Dietrich, Tim Lyke
WELCOME | Rev. Jeffrey Dodson
EASTER PROCLAMATION | Rev. Jeffrey Dodson
One: Christ is Risen!
All: Christ is risen, indeed!
One: Hope is Alive!
All: Hope is alive, indeed!
One: God’s love is eternal!
Let us give thanks for what God has done.
PRAYER | Erin Ter Beest
God of grace and power,
we come rejoicing in Christ’s empty tomb.
We come trusting in the good news
that tells us Christ is with us.
For the Risen Christ is living proof
that You care about our lives, O God.
The Risen Christ offers to us glimpses of hope,
even in our tears.
As the tomb is not quiet.
It speaks. It proclaims!
It is a promise of eternal life!
Thank you, gracious and almighty God. Amen.
HYMN | Alleluia! Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven HYMN # 243
SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST | Rev. Jeffrey Dodson
The peace of the risen Christ is with you!
And also with you!
You are invited to turn to the people around you
and wave to each other as a sign of graceful greetings this day.
TRANSITION MUSIC FOR TIME FOR CHILDREN | NCH # 325 v.1
TIME FOR CHILDREN | Breakfast with Jesus Jeanne Williams
GOSPEL READING | Mark 16:1-8 Erin Ter Beest
When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
And all that had been commanded them they told briefly to those around Peter. And afterward Jesus himself sent out through them, from east to west, the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation.
SERMON | Eternal Resurrection Rev. Jeffrey Dodson
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE | Rev. Jeffrey Dodson
We pray this day for… [Prayer Requests of the day]
THE JESUS PRAYER | Rev. Jeffrey Dodson
Our Father/Mother/Creator, who art in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.
OFFERING OUR GIFTS AND OUR LIVES | Rev. Jeffrey Dodson
On this day, we remember that Mary Magdalene arrives at the tomb with the intent to anoint the crucified body of Jesus; and astonished, she finds an empty tomb where Jesus once laid.
God’s angels and the Risen Christ meet Mary Magdalene in her sorrow, and speak hope into her heart. For the Resurrection narrative reveals that love is alive and moves among us!
The Risen Christ helps us to remember that despair is not the end of our journey. The Risen Christ also speaks of God’s ever-present love, and gives the church resurrection hope.
In that, as an Easter people, we manifest God’s never-ending love in the world by the giving of our time, talents, and financial resources. For it is with Christ’s limitless and restorative love, that we humbly and graciously offer back to God a portion of what God has given us.
OFFERTORY | Jesus Christ is Risen Today arr. Wilbur Held
DOXOLOGY | # 780
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise God all creatures here below
Praise God above the heavenly hosts
Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
PRAYER OF DEDICATION | Rev. Jeffrey Dodson
God of love, we offer our gifts of time, spiritual gifts, and financial gifts as a sign of our love for you and the world. We ask for a special blessing on these gifts where you meet us in our suffering, and raise us up, so that all may come to know of your abiding love. We give these gifts as you have given them to us. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
THE HOLY SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION |
INVITATION TO COMMUNION |
For Holy Communion this morning,
I invite you to lend Christ your table,
as the woman with the Upper Room,
lent him the Passover table,
and two friends from Emmaus
welcomed to their table
one they thought was a stranger.
Lend Christ your table, your bread, your cup
and your open-to-strangers heart.
One: Christ is Risen!
All: Christ is risen indeed!
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
WORDS OF REMEMBERING |
We come from heart-felt “Hosannas,”
and a long season
of feeling like withered fig trees.
We come from an alabaster jar
abundance of love and hard questions.
We recognize experiences
of betrayal, denial,
and the feeling that everyone we love
has fallen asleep and left us alone,
so we recognize this holy story.
We remember Jesus washed feet
and offered a covenant
of himself broken and poured out
for a small group of followers long ago
and for us in our time,
and was risen on Easter
though, even in the joy of resurrection,
he kept blessing and teaching,
and giving us hope to eat.
PRAYER OF CONSECRATION
Host of our salvation and Visitor to our lives, send your transforming power upon this Bread and your freely given love upon this Cup. Risen Christ, live in us that we may live in you. Amen
Presider places both bread and cup on the table
DISTRIBUTION: Breaking the Bread, Pouring the Cup
One: The Bread on your table is blessed and broken, a meal of grace
All: Sharing love, we will never be hungry.
One: The Cup on your table is blessed and shared,
like the overflowing of tears and joy.
All: Drinking deeply, we will never thirst.
COMMUNION MUSIC Christ the Lord is Risen Today arr. Hermann Schroeder
POST-COMMUNION PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
In thanksgiving for this meal of grace and in the holy dispersion of virtual worship, (and the holy cautious re-gathering in familiar pews) we claim the risen Christ’s love found on every table. Let us pray …
O Holy One, we come to you with lilies and tears, with personal Alleluias we whisper that soar like the greatest choir. We claim the resurrection for those we love who are tenderly sheltered in your arms and name the resurrection as your invitation to all the weary, all those who need hope. May our lives become your table in all the world. Amen
* HYMN | Jesus Christ Is Risen Today #240, vs 1-4
Brass Ensemble: Kurt Dietrich, Paul Dietrich, Tim Lyke
BENEDICTION | Rev. Jeffrey Dodson
May God’s abiding love and hope give us new life.
May God’s unmerited grace and mercy keep us hope-filled.
And may God’s restorative justice bring to us all, perfect peace.
For Christ is risen! Praise God! Hallelujah!
POSTLUDE | The Strife is O’er arr. Alfred V. Fedak
Christ is Risen!
Prayers: To Give Thanks for What God has Done, Service prayers with Communion for Easter Sunday Year B, was written by the Rev. Dr. Sheila Harvey Guillaume, pastor of Union Congregational United Church of Christ in West Palm Beach. Copyright 2021, Justice and Local Church Ministries, Faith INFO Ministry Team, United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115-1100. Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this material for use in services of worship or church education. All publishing rights reserved.
Christ is Risen Reading: Obed Juan Vizcaino Najera, Venezuela, Gifts in Open Hands, Maren Tirabassi and Kathy Wonson Eddy, eds., The Pilgrim Press, Cleveland, 2011, p. 87-92.
Communion Liturgy: Maren C. Tirabassi, https://giftsinopenhands.wordpress.com/, accessed April 1, 2021.